Orlandini helps Huskies right ship

Former Tolog racked up 18 digs and two aces, as Washington snapped a two-match skid against Oregon State Friday.

October 26, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Jenna Orlandini (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2009) Washington women's volleyball, sophomore: Orlandini helped her Huskies snap a two-game skid Friday, as No. 7-ranked Washington swept Oregon State on the road, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18.

The former Tolog and Washington's current libero had 18 digs and two aces in the match, continuing her strong play this season. Orlandini hasn't missed a set this year and has a team-high 267 digs and 19 aces to show for it. The sophomore also has 47 assists.


Friday's win helped Washington get back on track, after falling to fourth-ranked Cal and then-No. 7 Stanford, at the time, on Oct. 14 and 15, respectively. Cal beat the Huskies in four games, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 27-25, and Stanford swept Washington, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23.

The two losses dropped the Huskies from No. 2 to No. 7 in the country. Washington took another hit Saturday, falling to 18th-ranked Oregon, in three games, 27-25, 30-28, 25-18. Orlandini had 16 digs and three assists in the match.

The Huskies are now 16-4, 8-4 in conference and will host Arizona State Friday.

Dietrich Riley (St. Francis High, 2010) UCLA football, sophomore: Things got ugly for the Bruins Thursday night, as they got dismantled by the University of Arizona, 42-12, on national television. While things have not gone the way UCLA or its Coach Rick Neuheisel wanted this year, the Bruins' defensive struggles have allowed Riley to pad his stats in the secondary.

Riley had a team-high eight tackles against the Wildcats. He also had two tackles for a total loss of three yards in the game. The former All Area Football Player of the Year and News-Press Athlete of the Year has started all but two games this season and made 31 tackles (19 solo and 12 assists) and broken up three passes. The sophomore safety has also forced and recovered a fumble this year.

Still, UCLA's secondary has been far from impressive this season. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles completed 26 of 39 passes for 291 yards, three touchdowns and an interception Thursday. The loss dropped the Bruins to 3-4, 2-2 in the PAC-12, while giving the Wildcats (2-5, 1-4) their first conference win.

UCLA will look to pick up a win during its homecoming game against University of California, Berkeley, Saturday at 4 p.m.

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